Faculty Governance

Rank and Tenure Committee

Membership: Seven members (at least five tenured) elected for three-year overlapping terms from the faculty at large, with the provision that at least two shall be from the College of Arts and Sciences and at least two from the professional schools.  The term of any untenured faculty member will end at the close of the academic year preceding the one in which his/her own tenure shall come under consideration.

Advisory Membership: Provost, two students selected by the Associated Students of PLU

General Purpose: To consider and recommend policies relative to recruitment, rank, salary, promotion, and tenure of the faculty and to act in an advisory capacity to the administration relative to application of these policies to individual members of the faculty.

Specific Duties:

  1. To review all recommendations for non-retention, sabbatical leaves, promotion, and tenure of the individual members of the faculty, and to make specific recommendations to the president when appropriate.
  2. To recommend to the faculty, from time to time, ideas or techniques which make it possible to obtain objective information or data whereby the effectiveness of teaching may more adequately be determined, thereby enabling the committee to fulfill its advisory function as fully as possible.
  3. To recommend to the faculty, from time to time, matters related to tenure or promotion which the faculty may decide to recommend to the president for presentation to the Board of Regents.
  4. To advise the administration of the university regarding budgetary matters as they affect both faculty retention at the university and the integrity of the rank and tenure process and system.
  5. To conduct inquiries into misconduct in science at the request of the Provost.
  6. To make recommendations to the faculty regarding the designation of professor emeritus status for retiring non-tenured faculty.
  7. To advise the Faculty Affairs Committee on the instruments and procedures to be used in the evaluation process for administrators of departments, schools, and divisions.
  8. The chair of Rank and Tenure Committee shall serve on and convene the initial meeting of the Conciliation Committee.
  9. The Char of the Rank and Tenure Committee shall receive a teaching load reduction of one (1) course or the equivalent per academic year.
  10. To make a written report to the faculty at least once a year.  The chair of the committee shall file a record of the committee's activities in duplicate reports--one with the faculty secretary and one with the president of the university at the close of the school year.

Membership for 2013-14:

Name: Doug Oakman (oakmande@plu.edu)
Department: Religion
Committee Seat: Expires 2014
Contact: 253-535-7317

Name: Jeffrey Clapp (clappja@plu.edu)
Department: Theatre
Committee Seat: Expires 2014
Contact: 253-535-7708

Name: Richard Louie (louiern@plu.edu), Chair
Department: Physics
Committee Seat: Expires 2014
Contact: 253-535-7653

Name: Rebecca Wilkin (wilkinrm@plu.edu)
Department: Languages & Literatures
Committee Seat: Expires 2015
Contact: 253-535-7313

Name: David Wolff (wolffda@plu.edu)
Department: Computer Science & Computer Engineering
Committee Seat: Expires 2015
Contact: 253-535-8735

Name: David Deacon-Joyner (joynerdl@plu.edu)
Department: Music
Committee Seat: Expires 2016
Contact: 253-535-7610

Name: JoDee Keller (kellerjg@plu.edu), Secretary
Department: Social Work
Committee Seat: Expires 2016
Contact: 253-535-7633